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Wednesday, May 10: It’s Lyon vs. DuBois in a Hot New ‘Empire’

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Wednesday, May 10

Empire: “Absent Child”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Fetty Wap guest-stars when the war between the Lyon and DuBois families heats up. Jamal and Lucious reach a breakthrough in a song on which they have been working, and Andre lashes out. Meanwhile, Cookie sets her eyes on a new plan for Empire in Vegas.

Blindspot: “Mom”
NBC, 8pm
The team finally cracks a member of Sandstorm, leading to a huge breakthrough in uncovering Phase Two.

Speechless: “M-A—MAY-JAY”
ABC, 8:30pm
With the school year over, Maya (Minnie Driver) is excited to spend the summer with JJ (Micah Fowler), but he and Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) have other plans. Meanwhile, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) gets special treatment at the most unlikely of places and Dylan’s (Kyla Kenedy) identity within the family is threatened.

Modern Family: “Alone Time”
ABC, 9pm
When Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Jay (Ed O’Neill) each plot a much-needed break from the family and end up at the same resort, it becomes clear just how “related” they really are. Meanwhile, Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) struggle to enjoy their empty-nester status, and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) — not knowing what to do with himself while Mitch is away — drops in on Gloria (Sofia Vergara) to lend a hand.

Criminal Minds: “Red Light”
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
Former cast member Shemar Moore reprises his role as Derek Morgan in the Season 12 finale. In the episode, Morgan brings the BAU a lead in the case against serial killer and escaped convict Mr. Scratch, who has wreaked havoc on the team all season. CBS has renewed Criminal Minds for Season 13.

black-ish: “Sprinkles”
ABC, 9:30pm
Season Finale!
Hesitant at first, Dre (Anthony Anderson) decides to make Bow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) baby shower unforgettable. But his plans are put on hold when Bow stops by her doctor with a headache and discovers she is having complications.

Designated Survivor: “Bombshell”
ABC, 10pm
President Kirkman’s (Kiefer Sutherland) first international summit is derailed when Abe Leonard (Rob Morrow) publishes an explosive article. Meanwhile, Agent Wells (Maggie Q) uncovers the conspiracy’s next target.

World’s Greatest Tribute Bands: “The Fab Four — A Tribute to the Beatles”
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Season Finale!
Season 8 ends with a Beatles tribute by the Fab Four out of Southern California.

Chicago P.D.: “Army of One”
NBC, 10pm
A live video is streamed online showcasing a tortured man being beaten and burned alive. Upon further investigation, the victim’s identity is traced back to that of a man who had been previously locked up for statutory rape. When another attack of a similar nature occurs, Intelligence finds a connection between the crimes, suspected pedophiles, and a group named the “Perv Hunters.”

Plants Behaving Badly: “Sex & Lies”
PBS, 10pm
Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose — to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp.

Thursday, May 11

Grey’s Anatomy: “True Colors”
ABC, 8pm
The doctors of Grey Sloan encounter a difficult case involving a dangerous patient. Meanwhile, Owen (Kevin McKidd) receives life-changing news that pushes Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) to step up and support him, and Alex (Justin Chambers) attends a medical conference after making a shocking discovery.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Long Distance Dissonance”
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!
In the Season 10 finale “The Long Distance Dissonance,” the gang is concerned when Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) former admirer, Dr. Ramona Nowitzki (guest star Riki Lindhome), resurfaces while Amy (Mayim Bialik) is away at Princeton.

Scandal: “Head Games”
ABC, 9pm
While Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) considers his presidential legacy, the Gladiators wonder what’s next for OPA. Jake (Scott Foley) finally discovers the motivation behind Peus’s and the Mystery Woman’s reign of terror.

Mom: “Lockjaw and a Liquid Diet”
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
In the Season 4 finale “Lockjaw and a Liquid Diet,” Christy (Anna Faris) tries to help Bonnie (Allison Janney) get out of trouble with the IRS.

Riverdale: “Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) grow closer and Betty (Lili Reinhart) confronts her mother (Mädchen Amick). Jughead (Cole Sprouse) finds himself in an unexpected situation and Hermione (Marisol Nichols) makes Fred (Luke Perry) an offer that seems too good to be true.

Chicago Med: “Love Hurts”
NBC, 9pm
Season Finale!
A new hotshot doctor arrives at Chicago Med, causing competition for Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell). Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) and Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) work together to diagnose a Syrian refugee without a medical record. When Robin (guest star Mekia Cox) is admitted back into the hospital for more complications, Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) takes a different approach to her treatment. Distracted from work because of Robin’s worsening case, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) is challenged by Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson).

The Blacklist: “The Debt Collector”
NBC, 10pm
When Liz (Megan Boone) becomes the target of a mercenary known as the Debt Collector, Red (James Spader) turns to an unlikely source for help. Meanwhile, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) faces an unexpected complication in his efforts to stay ahead of Agent Gale’s (Enrique Murciano) investigation. Fisher Stevens guest-stars.

Inside the FBI: New York: “The New FBI”
USA Network, 10pm
The cyber division takes down a Russian national, while an openly gay agent struggles with the Orlando nightclub shooting. Agents take a radical approach in dealing with a supporter of ISIS.

Friday, May 12

I Love Dick
New Series!
From the creative team behind Transparent comes this adaptation of Chris Kraus’ cult 1997 novel. The series follows Chris (Kathryn Hahn), a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas, where her academic husband, Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), has a writing residency. Amid the dusty silence, art snobs and tumbleweeds, she meets renowned scholar Dick (Kevin Bacon), and an infuriating and beguiling exchange with this enigmatic, macho character unleashes in her a dramatic awakening.

Anne With an E
New Series!
This reimagining of the beloved novel Anne of Green Gables stars Amybeth McNulty in the title role, along with Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson. Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad, Flesh and Bone) is showrunner for the drama.

Get Me Roger Stone
This film looks at Roger Stone, longtime confidant and adviser to Donald Trump who also worked with Richard Nixon, and the monumental impact that Stone — the youngest person called before the Watergate grand jury — has made on modern GOP history.

Master of None
Season Premiere!
Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for Season 2. After traveling abroad, Dev (Ansari) returns to New York to take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.

First Dates: “You Wrote a Song About My Plant?”
NBC, 8pm
One dater brings a game on the date to get the questions flowing, and the restaurant seems to be jealous of his tactic. Another dater falls for a girl over their mutual love of the White Sox, and a table bonds over their love of science fiction.

Saturday, May 13

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” 35th Anniversary Marathon
Syfy, 10am
Syfy celebrates the anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1982 fantasy classic with a daylong marathon of the film.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
FS1, 4pm Live
NL Central rivals meet this afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis as the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs face the Cardinals in Game 2 of a three-game series.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Go Bowling 400
FS1, 7:30pm Live
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars head to Kansas Speedway for the Go Bowling 400 in primetime on FS1.

The Essentials: “East of Eden”
TCM, 8pm
New host Alec Baldwin is joined by special guest David Letterman to introduce and discuss Elia Kazan’s 1955 classic East of Eden, starring James Dean and Julie Harris, and loosely based on part of the John Steinbeck novel.

Training Day: “Elegy”
CBS, 9pm
In “Elegy,” the first part of a two-part Season 1 finale, Kyle’s (Justin Cornwell) trust in Frank (Bill Paxton) is shattered when he learns that Frank has been lying to him about the circumstances surrounding his father’s death.

The Son: “Marriage Bond”
AMC, 9pm
In 1849, Young Eli (Jacob Lofland) must navigate tribal politics. In 1915, a crisis forces Pete (Henry Garrett) and Sally (Jess Weixler) into a decision that will change the family forever.

Class: “Brave-ish Heart”
BBC America, 10pm
BBC America’s Doctor Who spinoff continues with the new episode “Brave-ish Heart.” Battling through the Shadow Kin realm, April (Sophie Hopkins) knows that there is no going back: She must defeat Corakinus (Paul Marc Davis). On Earth, the invasion of the petals is rapidly snowballing.

Saturday Night Live: “Melissa McCarthy/HAIM”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Melissa McCarthy, who has had audiences laughing with her occasional guest appearances this season portraying White House press secretary Sean Spicer, hosts for her fifth time tonight. She’ll be joined by musical guest HAIM, who will release their sophomore album this summer.